Copper Curls Chinese Tree Lilac

Syringa reticulata ssp. pekinensis ‘SunDak’

A beautiful street or yard tree that works well under power lines. This tree provides a lovely show of creamy white flowers in May to early June. The tree also has attractive peeling orange-copper bark for winter interest. All of this while tolerating tough urban conditions.

Power Line Approved: Yes

Min. street tree planting width: 5 feet

Mature Height: 25 feet

Mature Spread: 20 feet

Tree Shape: Upright spreading

Where to Plant: 
A perfect tree for smaller planting strips under power lines. Can also be used for small yard spaces.   

Green heart shaped leaves in pairs

Fragrant creamy white clusters in June. Attracts pollinators.

Preferred Site Conditions:
Prefers well-drained soil in full sun to light shade, flowering best in full sun. Tolerant of tough urban conditions.

Potential Problems:
No serious insect or disease problems. Resistant to problems typical of lilacs. Keep the tree well watered to establish it.

Minimum Planting Distances:

  • 15 feet from house or building
  • 3 ½ feet back from the face of the curb
  • 5 feet from underground utility lines
  • 10 feet from power poles
  • 7 ½ feet from driveways (10 feet recommended)
  • 20 feet from street lights and other existing trees
  • 30 feet from street intersections

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